Losing in the SO last night had nothing to do with goaltending. 2 of Kesler's goals tap-ins, the result of defensive confusion - nothing Mason could do.
In the SO Mason played well. It's hard to win when you only score once out of 5 attempts.
I don't disagree - Stolarz should be getting more starts - but Mason looked fine last night.
Do you really think Stolarz is asking not to be started? He's a rookie. He's going to question the coach and say, "Yo, put me in coach! Mason needs a break!" That's what got Boucher shipped to Phoenix 14 years ago.
I don't think Hakstol is ignoring Mason's cries. I don't think Mason's crying about it at all. I'M CRYING ABOUT IT. It's part of the coaches job to know when to rest his goalie. Mason's a pro and a competitor. He's going to want to start as much as he can. Even i
I didn't understand him starting Mason against NJ. To me that was the perfect time to give Stolarz a start. If Mason was deemed to be healthy I have no problem with Hakstol starting him last night. He is their #1 goalie and should have the work load of a #1. I don't think his early struggles last night were because he wasn't fresh but because he wasn't sharp.
I don't think there's any doubt Mason is the clear #1. Neuvy wasn't playing great before he went down (neither was Mason for that matter). I see no reason to change the plan with them until Mason/Neuvy proves the alt is necessary.
Mason on doesn't do well with competition either. Neuvy plays every third/fourth game or when the matchup calls for it. I'm
I think he's earned that. It does seem like Mason needs undivided support to play his best. I'd like to see him get that chance with the Flyers...as long as Hakstol doesn't Laviolette him into the ground - or Keenan him like a yo-yo. Mason has had his bouts of suckage no doubt but he's also stolen a ton of games for the Flyers. If he can't handle splitting time with another legit starter then I say lose that other starter and give Mason the reins. Hextall can get something/anything for Neuvirth